Ensuring data integrity by limiting date entry errors in a Microsoft® Excel® worksheet can easily be achieved by adding a calendar drop down list. So, instead of entering dates manually, you can select them from the list. In ten simple steps, we show you how you can add a calendar drop down list using only control buttons and no VBA code.
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Applies to: Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010 (32-bit) and 2013 (32-bit)
The screen shot below will be used for this example.
1. Activate the developer tab.
a. In Microsoft Excel 2010:
b. In Microsoft Excel 2007:
2. Select the Developer tab.
3. Select Insert. A drop down list with icons for Form Controls and ActiveX Controls will appear.
4. Select the icon on the bottom right hand corner under the ActiveX Controls.
5. More Controls will appear. Select Microsoft Date and Time Picker Control 6.0 (SP4)
6. Select OK.
7. Your cursor will turn into a cross hair. Click and hold, draw a rectangle in cell C3.
8. Right-click on the Date Control and select Properties.
9. Then type the cell where the date will be displayed next to linked cell as below.
Wow, you are really good at Excel now!
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